Have a party looming in the near future? Ditch the snail mail and send an Animoto video instead! More personal than a Facebook post, impress your friends with a high-quality, professional looking video-turned-invite.

Song: “There’s Nothing Else” by The Undeserving

1. Select your photos and video clips.

Choose images that reflect the theme and set the tone for your next shindig. If you don’t have many images to choose from, look through Animoto’s stock image library or another stock image site for photos and video clips of balloons, cake, or friends toasting with champagne.

2. Add a picture of the guest of honor.

Or add a video clip, if you prefer. Whether it’s for a birthday, bar mitzvah, a wedding save-the-date, or a retirement bash, this party’s all about the guest (or guests) of honor. So go ahead and shower them with the attention they deserve.

3. Use text to give guests the details.

Start with a simple “You’re invited!” or “Join us to celebrate…”, and follow up with the event title or reason for the gathering (for example, “Joey’s 6th Birthday Party,” “Anniversary Extravaganza, ” or even “Boozy Bridal Shower Brunch”). Then, fill in the rest of the details. Key ingredients: date, time, and location. You don’t want any guests ringing your doorbell on the wrong night.

4. Close it out.

Close with a hilarious photo or video clip, anything that will make your guests smile. This is especially alluring for annual events. Examples: a three-legged race gone terribly wrong, scenes from the annual “ugly sweater” party, or video footage of your child giggling adorably into the camera.

Have a video invitation you’d like to share? Post it in the comments below or reach out on Facebook or Twitter by tagging @Animoto.